November 5, 2010

Stephen Cassidy is San Leandro's New Mayor

Stephen Cassidy is San Leandro's new Mayor after the ranked choice algorithm was run by the Alameda County Registrar of voters on Friday, November 5, 2010.

Cassidy ended up with 7,471 (50.96%) votes to 7,190 (49.04%) for Tony Santos. The majority of Joyce Starosciak's votes went to Cassidy. See the detailed report at http://www.acgov.org/rov/rcv/results/rcvresults_3192.htm.

The vote count is not final, but Cassidy's lead prior to the RCV algorithm increased from 27 votes yesterday to 58 today. When RCV was run, Cassidy gained 37% of Mestas' second/third place votes and 53.2% of Starosciak's second place votes.

According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, 15,000 ballots from Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro remain to be counted. San Leandro's portion of those uncounted ballots is unknown. 16,698 ballots have been counted so far, including 447 ballots in which no vote was cast for the Mayor's race and two ballots where the voter marked more than one candidate as their first choice for Mayor.

In the November 2006 election, which most closely approximates this election, 20,298 votes were cast for Mayor. In November 2002, 16,857 were cast for Mayor. Based on those numbers, it appears that up to 4,000 San Leandro ballots may have yet to be counted, but are unlikely to change the outcome of the election.

Historically, no elected Mayor has been defeated since at least Jack Maltester was elected in 1962. However, John Faria, who was appointed Mayor in June 1993, lost his bid to remain Mayor in April 1994 to Ellen Corbett.

Ballots will continue to be counted over the weekend and final results should be available Sunday.

Updated 10:33pm

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at November 5, 2010 4:34 PM | TrackBack
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